I play guitar and violin. I'm also a music journalist and author specialising in
contemporary/modern jazz. I wrote The Music of Ian Carr - A Critical Discography (2015) and its
revised edition Elastic Dream - The Music of Ian Carr: A Critical Discography (2nd Ed, 2010).
I also edit a website dedicated to the great British jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, teacher
and author, Ian Carr
( http://iancarrsnucleus.webs.com )
co-leader of the poll-winning 1960s band the Rendell-Carr Quintet and founder and leader of the
groundbreaking 1970s jazz rock group
My Jazz Story
Published on: 2016-05-11
I love jazz because it's what I think of as truly "progressive" music. Miles and Coltrane undoubtedly inspired
the Prog Rock generation. I was first exposed to jazz at the Barry Jazz Summer School in Wales, UK, way back in 1974 - I took along my
violin and had some improvisation lessons with the great guitarist Derek Bailey. I also witnessed some spectacular live post-class sessions there with
tutors including Gordon Beck, Ron Mathewson and Tony Oxley. I now play guitar mostly. How to describe jazz in two words? "Miles Davis"